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Season Preview: Bradford City

7 July 2019

We begin our look at our Sky Bet League Two opponents by featuring Bradford City -

Nickname : The Bantams

Stadium : The Northern Commercials Stadium At Valley Parade

Capacity : 25,136

Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 128.6 miles

Last Season : 24th in Sky Bet League One

It proved to be a disappointing campaign for The Bantams last term, as they ended their six-year stay in the third tier - despite being unbeaten in their last three outings.

In what proved to be an epic scramble for safety which encapsulated ten different sides to varying degrees, a run of seven straight defeats in March and April proved to be costly for the Yorkshire outfit.

Boasting one of the largest fanbases in the division, Bradford will be setting their sights on an immediate return to League One this time around and they will unquestionably be one of the league's most sought-after scalps.

The Gaffer - Gary Bowyer.

The 48-year-old former defender replaced David Hopkin in the Valley Parade hot-seat back in March and despite being unsuccessful in saving the club from relegation, was awarded a two-year contract shortly after.

Bowyer previously held the reigns at Blackburn Rovers (2013-15) and Blackpool (2016-18) and will be looking to use all that experience to steer The Bantams to League Two glory during the 2019/20 campaign.

Transfer Dealings.

Out - Alex Jones, Adam Chicksen, Ryan McGowan, Billy Clarke, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Calum Woods, Cameron Hawkes, Callum Gunner, Tom Clare, Paul Caddis.

In - Ben Richards-Everton, Ben Wilson, Tyler French, Sam Hornby, Zeli Ismail, Jackson Longridge, Adam Henley, Clayton Donaldson, Paudie O'Connor, James Vaughan. Matt Palmer (season-long loan from Rotherham United).

Our Last Meeting.

The Silkmen last faced Bradford City last August, as the two sides were paired together in Round One of the Carabao Cup.

It proved to be a dramatic evening, as Fiacre Kelleher's opener on the hour mark was cancelled out by a majestic Luca Colville strike just two minutes later.

Despite two quick-fire goals, the latter stages of normal time were characterised by midfield attrition and as such a penalty shoot-out followed.

The Silkmen would progress thanks to a 4 - 2 spot-kick victory and went on to face Walsall in Round Two of the competition.

Our Next Meetings.

Home - Saturday 26th October

Away - Saturday 21st March


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